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Thor's Mine (Tors Mine), Vats, Vindafjord, Rogaland, Norway

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 59° 33' 30'' North , 5° 41' 21'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 59.55848,5.68938
GeoHash:G#: u4s4c6qck
Other regions containing this locality:Scandinavia
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Thorsgruve (Thors gruve), Vats, Vindafjord kommune, Rogaland fylke, Norge

Pegmatite mined in a short period for uraninite. It was discovered in 1898 by Mauritz Kartevold from Sandnes. In 1899 a box with uraninite was shipped to England. Sir William Ramsay used samples from this material to isolate helium in earth. The mine was sold to an English mining company in 1906, but it was already closed in 1907 after some months of prospecting. The uraninite seemed to already be mined out. In 1942 it was prospected some months for mica.

The mine is probably named after the element thorium.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

7 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Silurian - Proterozoic
419.2 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3190539
Precambrian-Phanerozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: to Silurian (419.2 - 2500 Ma)

Lithology: Metasedimentary schist

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Mesoproterozoic - Paleoproterozoic
1000 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3148018
Proterozoic I quartzite

Age: Proterozoic (1000 - 2500 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{quartzite}, Minor{mica schist,marble,amphibolite}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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Sørbye, R. C. (1948): Geological studies in the north-eastern part of the Haugesund peninsula, Western Norway. Universitetet i Bergen, Årbok 1948. 6: 1-79
Dahl, J. M. (1981): Gruver og skjerp i Rogaland. Stavanger turistforening Årbok 1980, 9-67
Svensen, S. Å. (2004): Noen mineralforekomster i Rogaland. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 28: 23-29
Størseth, L.R. (2003): Mineraler i Haugalandet- en oppdatering. STEIN 30 (3), 8-9 [a notice on the gahnite]
Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse. Industrimineraldatabasen. Deposit Area 1160 - 308. Thors gruve (Updated 06.des.2011)

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